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NASA, Google ink deal for Hangar One, Moffett airfields

Original post made on Nov 10, 2014

NASA announced today that officials signed a lease with Google's Planetary Ventures, LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield and rehabilitate the landmark Hangar One.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 10, 2014, 1:55 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by Quiet please
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Is anyone concerned about the potential sharp increase in aircraft movement? The current airfield has permits for a flight every 15 minutes or so - dramatically more that is currently in use. If Google starts operating this airfield as a commercial enterprise we are in for a LOT of additional noise.

Posted by Brent Callaghan
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm

The Moffett runways are a vastly underutilized resource at 4 movements per hour.
I'd support a significant increase in aircraft traffic. Note that most of the takeoffs
are out over the bay and landings approaches are at low engine power and relatively

The civil aircraft (Gulfstream jets etc) are much quieter than the Guard helicopters
and fighter jets. Yes, the helicopters and jets can be noisy, but think we should
expect to tolerate some inconvenience from their live-saving and defense missions.

Posted by @Quiet please
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Nov 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

@Quiet please -- If you think the noise level is bad now, you obviously didn't live in the area back in the 1980's and 1990's. When you had the Navy patrol aircraft coming and going at all hours -- AND had all sorts of assorted aircraft doing the same -- let me tell you, it was LOUD.

So what is going on nowadays is nothing by comparison.

Posted by hmax
a resident of another community
on Nov 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

It's Google International...only private...hmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by nearby neighbor
a resident of Bailey Park
on Nov 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

dear mayor of googleville, please install a no u-turn sign at the intersection of shoreline blvd and terra bella for
all those folks who dont have their autonomous flying cars quite yet. drop by most any morning between 8 and 10 and you'll understand the problem.

Posted by PA Resident
a resident of another community
on Nov 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I am pleased that this is going through, but ask what Mountain View is going to do now about traffic getting to Moffett? If this is going to be more high tech people getting to more high tech jobs then now is the time to make plans for traffic, not once the traffic gets bad.

Posted by dollarbin
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

dollarbin is a registered user.

So will this deal provide public access to Hangar 1? "a community-oriented educational center at Moffett Field" is a pretty vague description. The hangar seems like the most interesting location for some kind of museum and/or public space.

Posted by P3 Orion
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 11, 2014 at 2:16 am

P3 Orions doing touch & go's all day long, flying at treetop level.
U2 taking off like thunder at 1am (or was it 2am?)
It's a lot quieter & a lot less dusty now that they are gone. I don't think more flights will ever be as loud as those Orions.

Posted by Air Traffic Could Destroy MV
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:02 am

The article is short on the chief concern for area residents: the prospect of noisy air traffic at Moffett - especially while day-shifters are trying to sleep. What happens to the hanger is trivial in comparison.

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Posted by Fine James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Nov 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Seems to me that this will help get Google Fiber infused in our streets, which is always been a good goal of myself

Posted by Ann O'Minus
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Get with the program kid's deep pockets are the only answer to funding environmental abuse which was business as usual under USN management. Just think about the beauty of doing 18 holes in self driving golf carts that can spot your ball when you loose it in an old ordinance bunker. Think clean, reuse & renew. Save Hangar 1 ~ re-skin it with PV's and set the Loon's loose to the connect the planet wit via the interTube.

ann0minus ~ "Stop peeping threw windows & start walking through doors." Up Ship ^

Posted by Betty Moore Gregory
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Oh my, I can remember back in the early 1940s when the aircraft carriers came into S.F. Bay they had the planes fly to Moffett Field so they were not sitting ducks. My little brother and I would watch flight after flight overhead come in for landings We lived on Rengstorff. We saw the most beautiful, awesome planes. We also saw the blimps take off and land. Before we moved in the late 1950's, we saw and heard many wonderful jet aircraft, but though they were noisy they did not disturb us. Be grateful that the old hanger is being put to good use.

Posted by @pr orion
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Good God, i remember those days when those Oriens would fly by every 15min, you could tell not only by the noise, but also by the shaking of the dishes on the walls. :) The cold wars is now over thank God, but now we have the enemy within to deal with.

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